Karen Bennett

Greetings from the Chattanooga, Ohio, area. Yes, Ohio has its very own Chattanooga, aka Chatt, a small village in west-central Ohio, near the Indiana border. I have been doing family history research for over 20 years and am a Board-Certified genealogist, certified by the Board for Certification of GenealogistsĀ®. My main genealogical interests are family research, cemetery research, and historical and genealogical research of the Chatt area, with a focus on two area Lutheran Churches, both named Zion Lutheran, one in Chatt and the other in Schumm, Ohio. Family names I am researching include Miller, Schumm, Brewster, Rueck, Reid, Headington, Huey, Bryan, Whiteman, Schinnerer, Scaer, Breuninger, Bennett, and a few others. I belong to several lineage societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, U.S. Daughters of 1812, First Families of Ohio, and First Families of Mercer and Van Wert Counties. I am also a retired dental hygienist and our church organist. I hope you enjoy Karen's Chatt.

Most commented posts

  1. The Old Willshire Hotel — 30 comments
  2. Haunted Mercer County? — 30 comments
  3. Florence (Schumm) Miller (1929-2016) — 21 comments
  4. Metal Cemetery Monuments — 21 comments
  5. The Milligan Painting — 18 comments

Author's posts

Local Connections to the Sultana

Last weekend we attended a play, Long Journey Home, The Charles T. Kruse Civil War Story. The play is based on a true story with an Auglaize County connection.

Tombstone Tuesday-Good Shepherd Engraving

The Good Shepherd engraving, St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Preble, Indiana.

This tombstone engraving is one that is immediately recognizable by Christians. Jesus is often referred to as the Good Shepherd and is called a shepherd several times in the Bible.

Postmarked Willshire, 1911, from D.W.H.

Regular readers know that I enjoy trying to figure out and learn a little about the writers and recipients of old post cards from this area. Today, an interesting old postcard with an April 1911 Willshire postmark…

Tombstone Tuesday-John George Albright

This is the tombstone of John George Albright, located in row 15 of Kessler/Liberty Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio…

1918-Reichard Rescued from Torpedoed Boat

April 1918-William Denzil Reichard, Willshire, was among those rescued from a cargo vessel that was sunk by a German submarine.